Each February, SCCS junior high and high school students pile into cars and head out to serve at more than a dozen different ministries throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
This two-day event called iServe is an experience unique to SCCS.
For two days students serve in the name of Jesus, encouraged by His promise in Matthew 25:40, "...for whatever you have done to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done to Me."
SCCS students have served at the Ronald McDonald House, Operation Gratitude, Backyard Missions, Fred Jordan Mission, Grace Community Church, the Deaf and Blind Mission as well as delivering baked goods to our local servicemen and women, and visiting assisted care facilities. All students serve alongside their teachers and a number of parent volunteers.
Under the leadership of Student Activities Director, Natalie Clapper, teachers plan service projects that are closest to their hearts and present these opportunities to the kids in a kick-off chapel.
Additionally, students attend a special chapel prior to iServe that will help prepare students' hearts for service through messages, prayer and worship.
“Last year, when iServe was over, many students were convicted about their own selfishness,” said Clapper. “All had their eyes opened to the neediness of people around them compared to their own abundance.”
Some students commented, "I have so much, I should be more grateful. It challenged us to step up and it took our focus off ourselves and onto others." And, "There are people with nothing. I am so privileged.”
Developing servant hearts is a core value at SCCS. “iServe is an important program that helps to build a pattern of service in the lives of our students, so whether they’re at SCCS, college, or living as an adult involved in a local church, they will continue to look for ways to serve the Lord,” said Clapper. “The iServe program is one of the many unique offerings at SCCS that makes the school such a special place.”